Speak Confidently, Present Competently

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

FAQ (Originally written in Nov/Dec 2012)

Q – Why are you doing this?

A1 – Because a friend of mine died far too young, and I want to do something important, useful, and good in the world before I die.

A2- Because I know I’m lucky in my life, and I believe that if you are lucky enough to have a good life then you should find the time to give something back to say “thank you”.

A3 – Because it’s fun and I like doing it!  We all need hobbies/interests and this has been a terrific and wholly enjoyable project to spend lots of my time on.

Q – Why do you have a membership site?

A1 – Because I want to build a community of people that can help each other, not just a download resource.  Having a group of like-minded people bonded together as members multiplies the effectiveness of the project many times over.  There is a huge amount of knowledge out there and I want to encourage others to share it.

A2 – Bandwidth and other services costs me quite a lot of money.  Having a membership site means my money gets mostly spent on helping the right people who are serious about overcoming their fear…..the members.

Q – How are you making money out of this?

A1 – I’m not…really I’m not.  This site has cost tens of thousands of dollars to create……and yes, I could have used the money to retire earlier, or invest for the children.  However life is about balance.  Maybe I get hit by a bus tomorrow, so the retirement fund isn’t much use, and anyway, my family has a very nice life.  This project can make a big difference to many people.  It’s important to me and I want to “do it right”.  To make it succeed I needed to invest some money.  I continue to invest, and I do so willingly.

A2 – Added May 2013

I decided to make a separate commercial website.  Public Speaking Advantage http://PublicSpeakingAdvantage.com

This site is aimed at people who want to improve their public speaking to gain an advantage in their career.

Why?  This ABC Speaking Skills project has inspired me to think about how I can help more people in a bigger way.  I have so much enjoyed the ABC Speaking Skills development and I am happy to give it to the world for free (and to have helped thousands of people).  However, because the site is totally free, there is a limit to the resources, time, and effort that can be devoted to it.

On the other hand, if I can provide extra valuable services and products at a fair price that people want to pay, then that would allow me to create more products and services that help more people.  I would be able to spend more time delivering quality material that makes a real difference in people’s lives.  If I can make a living (even part of a living) by helping people then that will be wonderful!

I have no idea whether it will ever recoup the costs of http://abcspeakingskills.com, but I am happy to see what happens.

IMPORTANT – My ABC Speaking Skills foundation will always be free, as well as other confidence boosting tips!  This site is to help everyone (career focused or not) get to a basic level of public speaking confidence.

Q – But your money might run out and you can’t lose money for ever…what then?

A1 – Good question.  If the site succeeds and becomes financially unsustainable, then I will need to look at advertising  revenue possibilities, or perhaps selling some products of my own.  I don’t know how the project will turn out.  I’ll keep this in mind and review as time goes on.  Whatever happens with the site, while I am in charge, the Foundation Course content (The ABC level) will always be free.  As I say, that is my gift to the world to say “thank you” .  If the site makes me money at some point in the future then great!  I am open to making some money.  However right now the site costs me a lot of money, but that’s what I want to spend on the members.  If that’s all that happens, I lose my investment, and I don’t make a single dollar out of it then hey, that’s OK with me.  It will have been a wonderful ride.

A2 – Added May 2013

I decided to make a separate commercial website.  Public Speaking Advantage http://PublicSpeakingAdvantage.com

This site is aimed at people who want to improve their public speaking to gain an advantage in their career.

Why?  This ABC Speaking Skills project has inspired me to think about how I can help more people in a bigger way.  I have so much enjoyed the ABC Speaking Skills development and I am happy to give it to the world for free (and to have helped thousands of people).  However, because the site is totally free, there is a limit to the resources, time, and effort that can be devoted to it.

On the other hand, if I can provide extra valuable services and products at a fair price that people want to pay, then that would allow me to create more products and services that help more people.  I would be able to spend more time delivering quality material that makes a real difference in people’s lives.  If I can make a living (even part of a living) by helping people then that will be wonderful!

I have no idea whether it will ever recoup the costs of http://abcspeakingskills.com, but I am happy to see what happens.

IMPORTANT – My ABC Speaking Skills foundation will always be free, as well as other confidence boosting tips!  This site is to help everyone (career focused or not) get to a basic level of public speaking confidence.

Q – People don’t normally give things away for free.  Is this for real?

A – Yes!  I really decided to give something away for free at significant cost to myself.  How many times do you see that?  It’s pretty rare, right?  So please “Like” or “Tweet” or share in any way you can!